LOCKHEED MARTIN has designated its Electronics & Missiles division in Orlando, Florida, as the company's "centre of excellence" for precision-guided munitions. Programmes under way at other Lockheed Martin divisions will be transferred to Orlando.

The former Martin Marietta Electronics & Missiles division is already working on the Joint Direct-Attack Munition (JDAM), Wind-Corrected Munitions Dispenser (WCMD) and AGM-142 Have Nap stand-off missile. The division plans to bid for the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) programme (see P16).

Work under way at the former Lockheed Missiles & Space division in Sunnyvale, California, on the Precision Guided Mortar Munition and the Boosted Penetrator, will be moved to Orlando as will work on the D2 hypersonic-guided projectile under way at the former GE Astro Space division in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

The Orlando division will continue to work on next-generation focal-plane-array infra red and millimetre-wave-radar seekers for precision-guided munitions, Lockheed Martin says.

Source: Flight International